|View toward Parliament from a deck off the Museum|
|Interesting Architecture and yard art. Below is part of the First Nation Exhibit.|
We went to the Canadian Museum of Culture to see two exhibits. The Magna Carta was on display but no pictures were allowed. They only let 30 in the room at a time so as we waited in line a university student came to get in line. He told us how excite he was because this was a once in a lifetime opportunity and how he has read a lot of different religious texts. So we told him who we were and gave him a quick lesson on restoration and modern revelation and the book of Mormon. I was just going to offer to have the missionaries take a Book of Mormon over to his apartment when they called for us to go in the room. So, Sister Payne quickly gave him a “He is Risen” pass-along card with our number on it. After that we went into the exhibit on Canada history and of the confederation. The exhibit started in 1838 and progressed up to 1867 when Canada became a country. Canadians are very proud of their history.
This is the picture of the end of the light show. The Canadian flag has red on both ends with white in the middle and a maple leaf on the white background.
We have helped initiate a monthly fireside in our Dows Lake YSA Ward. We are really excited about it. We asked the Bishop and he thought it was a great idea and asked the ward council. They thought it was a good idea too. So, onward and upward. Since we do not have a YSA committee or an Institute of Religion Council yet, we were able to help pull this off. John and Alisa and family are already coming to visit in August so we asked John if he could speak at our first fireside in the series. He said that he would be glad to. We made flyers to put up in the meetinghouses from Kingston to Montreal. We don’t have a lot of YSAs come during the summer and it is about 10 days early for the school crowd to come, so we know that the numbers might be few. We will see. We are excited about it anyway. We remember going to firesides all the time when we were at the Institute of Religion at the U of U. These were times that we could date and not spend money but have a great spiritual experience. We hope that this is so for the YSAs. Time will tell. We have been making the flyer for the fireside series both in English and in French.
|Alley. Below is a heart sculpture in front of one of the buildings|
We had a great experience meeting with the other eight senior couples and the mission president and his wife. We hardly ever get to see the senior missionaries and were glad that they decided to have this get together since Elder and Sister Christensen were going home. We went to lunch at a little French restaurant, Restaurant Café La Petite Marche, then to Mount Royal, the highest hill in Montreal to see the view of the Montreal Valley. There is an ordinance that no building in Montreal can be built higher than Mount Royal. Mount Royal is the place where President and Sister Patrick bring all the new missionaries. They take pictures and sing President Patrick’s favorite hymn, "Let Zion In Her Beauty Rise". We then had time to drive around Montreal and stopped at Montreal Museum of Fine Art. We walked around outside the 3 buildings. There is an alley between.
We had dinner and a great evening at the Mission President’s home. We loved hearing about each of the couples' assignments. Several are newer to the mission than we are and one couple was going home.
|Elder and Sister Christensen from Sandy. They live close to Albion Middle School.|
We have had the opportunity to help these YSAs with blessings, heart to heart talks, listening, listening and listening as well as offering advice when asked.We are having a baptism on August 1st. Let you know later. We know that the Lord needs us here. We know that this Church is true and we are being greatly blessed here in Ottawa.